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Federal Judge Peter Dorsey Dies

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File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a gavel (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Federal authorities say senior U.S. District Judge Peter Dorsey has died in New Haven after a long illness. He was 80.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut says they were notified over the weekend of Dorsey’s death, which was first reported by the Hartford Courant.

Dorsey, a U.S. Navy veteran, held degrees from Yale and Harvard and was a former federal prosecutor before becoming a U.S. District Court judge in 1983. He assumed senior judge status in 1998.

One of his best-known cases involved the sentencing of former Gov. John G. Rowland on a corruption conviction in 2005. He also handled the Schaghticoke (SKA’-ti-coke) Tribal Nation’s long-running attempts at federal recognition.

Colleagues tell the Courant that Dorsey will be particularly remembered for being fair, down to earth and humorous.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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